18-22 Marzo 2022
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MAESTRI DEI PALLONCINI

Alberto Falcone Top
Alberto Falcone
Alberto insegna Balloon Art professionale da circa 20 anni, durante i quali ha avuto modo di tenere classi e partecipare a convegni in più di 35 paesi sparsi in tutto il mondo.
Nel corso della sua carriera ha inoltre avuto modo di gestire negozi specializzati, organizzare eventi, realizzare grandi decorazioni, lavorare in team.
Tutte queste esperienze hanno aiutato Alberto a sviluppare un suo proprio programma di consulenza tecnica e manageriale dedicata ai retailer.
Durante tale percorso Alberto ha inoltre imboccato, con discreto successo, strade alternative che prendono spunto dalla passione per i palloncini ma esulano in forme artistiche differenti quali il disegno, la scrittura creativa o la scultura.
Alberto has been teaching professional Balloon Art for about 20 years, he was able to teach classes and attend conferences in over 35 countries around the world.
During his career he also manage specialized shops, organize events, make great decorations and work in teams.
All these experiences helped Alberto develop his own program of technical and managerial consultancy dedicated to retailers.
Alberto also still works with success with designs, creative writing and sculpture.
Alberto has been teaching professional Balloon Art for about 20 years, he was able to teach classes and attend conferences in over 35 countries around the world.
During his career he also manage specialized shops, organize events, make great decorations and work in teams.
All these experiences helped Alberto develop his own program of technical and managerial consultancy dedicated to retailers.
Alberto also still works with success with designs, creative writing and sculpture.
Alberto Nava Top
Alberto Nava
Alberto Nava è un artista di Milano, pratica la magia da quando aveva 8 anni e ha inserito i palloncini nella sua magia 22 anni fa.
È il fondatore di Crazyballoons Italia e performer a tempo pieno, artista dei palloncini e designer di eventi.
Ama creare fantastici eventi per feste di compleanno in cui si esibisce quotidianamente con oltre 49 diversi spettacoli a tema come Mago Alberto.
È specializzato in grandi installazioni di palloncini in parchi a tema e centri commerciali che incorporano effetti speciali, ballerini e proiezioni.
Creatore del concetto di cerchietto per palloncini che ha introdotto nel 2010 durante il TJAm on the road, usa ancora le fasce per capelli per creare un'atmosfera da festa, per cabine fotografiche e per esaltare allestimenti classici.
Ha insegnato in tutto il mondo ispirando le persone con i suoi progetti e nel 2016, mentre partecipava come insegnante a Twist and Shout, ha ricevuto il David Grist Memorial Award per ispirazione, amicizia, innovazione e gioia.
Alberto Nava from Milan, Italy , has practiced magic since he was 8 and started adding balloons into his magic 22 years ago.
He is the Founder of Crazyballoons Italy and full time performer, balloon Artist and event designer.
He loves creating fantastic birthday party events where he performs daily with over 49 different themed shows as Mago Alberto.
Specialized in large balloon installations for theme park and malls incorporating special effects, dancers and projections.
Creator of the balloon hairband concept he introduced in 2010 during the TJAm on the road, he still uses hairbands to create a party atmosphere, for photo booths and to upsell classic decor.
He taught all around the world inspiring people with his designs and in 2016, while participating as a teacher at Twist and Shout, he received the David Grist Memorial Award for inspiration, innovation friendship and joy.
Alberto Nava from Milan, Italy , has practiced magic since he was 8 and started adding balloons into his magic 22 years ago.
He is the Founder of Crazyballoons Italy and full time performer, balloon Artist and event designer.
He loves creating fantastic birthday party events where he performs daily with over 49 different themed shows as Mago Alberto.
Specialized in large balloon installations for theme park and malls incorporating special effects, dancers and projections.
Creator of the balloon hairband concept he introduced in 2010 during the TJAm on the road, he still uses hairbands to create a party atmosphere, for photo booths and to upsell classic decor.
He taught all around the world inspiring people with his designs and in 2016, while participating as a teacher at Twist and Shout, he received the David Grist Memorial Award for inspiration, innovation friendship and joy.
Alessandro Patanè Top
Alessandro Patanè
"La balloon art non è un lavoro ma una filosofia di vita". Con questo motto Alessandro inizia a lavorare con i palloncini nel 1997, gli anni a seguire sono accompagnati da diversi premi e collaborazioni in squadre importanti e con vari artisti italiani ed internazionali, più volte campione nazionale ed internazionale nelle grandi sculture, fino ad arrivare alla fantastica premiazione del 2016 al WBC di New Orleans, dove vince l'ambitissimo premio di Master Designer, oltre al secondo posto mondiale, con la squadra da lui capitanata, nelle grandi sculture.
L'esperienza acquisita sul campo e il grande estro creativo hanno portato Alessandro ad essere uno dei più richiesti insegnanti in tutto il mondo dei palloncini, con partecipazioni importanti anche in eventi internazionali. Per lui i palloncini non hanno segreti, dalle creazioni di modellabili ai progetti di grandi dimensioni, riesce sempre a stupire e a creare emozioni.
"Balloon art is not a job but a philosophy of life". With this motto, Alessandro began working with balloons in 1997, during the following years he won various prizes and he worked in important teams with Italian and international artists. He also won many national and international championships in large sculpture competitions, up to the WBC 2016 when he won the Master Designer award, one of the most important prize in the balloon world. At the same convention he reached with his team the second place in large sculpture competition.
His experience and his great creative ideas let Alessandro to be one of the most requested teachers in the balloon world for international events. Balloons have no secrets for Alessandro, he always works with love and passion, from the biggest decor to the smollest design.
"Balloon art is not a job but a philosophy of life". With this motto, Alessandro began working with balloons in 1997, during the following years he won various prizes and he worked in important teams with Italian and international artists. He also won many national and international championships in large sculpture competitions, up to the WBC 2016 when he won the Master Designer award, one of the most important prize in the balloon world. At the same convention he reached with his team the second place in large sculpture competition.
His experience and his great creative ideas let Alessandro to be one of the most requested teachers in the balloon world for international events. Balloons have no secrets for Alessandro, he always works with love and passion, from the biggest decor to the smollest design.
Chris Adamo Top
Chris Adamo
Fondatore di "The Balloon Crew" (www.balloons.net.au) Sydney e dell'attività di consegna di regali e ordini di palloncini online: "Balloons Online" (www.balloons.com.au) con una rete di oltre 28 aziende partner in giro per l'Australia.
Come figlio di una CBA, Chris è stato introdotto nel settore dei palloncini oltre 25 anni fa e ha fondato con orgoglio la propria attività nel 2004. Attingendo da un background di esperienze lavorative precedente come informatico, progettista e designer e guidato dalla sete di reinventare continuamente la sua attività, Chris rinnova il mondo della balloon art e apporta tantissime nuove soluzioni per i suoi clienti.
Inizia a realizzare brevi video educativi gratuiti su YouTube e alcuni video più avanzati in vendita sulla sua piattaforma educativa. È anche noto come il creatore degli strumenti di progettazione e calcolatori di palloncini online, uno strumento gratuito per tutti da usare su www.balloons.com.au/tools.
Con sede a Sydney, The Balloon Crew è un'azienda di vendita al dettaglio di successo con 12 dipendenti, Chris e il suo team sono specializzati nel mercato aziendale australiano e intrattengono rapporti di lunga data con alcuni dei più grandi organizzatori di eventi di Sydney. Chris è un artista affidabile e creativo, che realizza regali e decorazioni i palloncini, spingendo sempre più avanti i limiti con dei design possibili.
Founder of both ‘The Balloon Crew’ (www.balloons.net.au) Sydney and the online balloon gift and balloon order relay business: 'Balloons Online' (www.balloons.com.au) with a network of over 28 partner businesses around Australia.
As the son of a CBA, Chris was introduced to the balloon industry over 25 years ago and proudly established his own business in 2004. Drawing from an IT, design and construction background and driven by a thirst to continually reinvent the wheel, Chris brings a diverse range of specialities and products to his business and clients.
Chris offers free short education videos on youtube plus has a few advanced videos for sale on his educational platform. He is also known as the creator of the online balloon design and calculator tools that is free for all to use at: www.balloons.com.au/tools.
Based in Sydney, The Balloon Crew is a successful retail business with 12 staff, Chris and his team specialise in the Australian corporate market and has long lasting relationships with some of Sydney's largest event coordinators and stylists. Chris prides himself as being the trusted, reliable and creative choice for balloon gift and décor, pushing the limits with balloon design.
Main skills include: Organic balloon design - Large Sculpture design and construction - Framing & rigging – Balloon Décor design - Google SEO – Staff Management - Business Systems - Efficiency & Management - Balloon Drops
Founder of both ‘The Balloon Crew’ (www.balloons.net.au) Sydney and the online balloon gift and balloon order relay business: 'Balloons Online' (www.balloons.com.au) with a network of over 28 partner businesses around Australia.
As the son of a CBA, Chris was introduced to the balloon industry over 25 years ago and proudly established his own business in 2004. Drawing from an IT, design and construction background and driven by a thirst to continually reinvent the wheel, Chris brings a diverse range of specialities and products to his business and clients.
Chris offers free short education videos on youtube plus has a few advanced videos for sale on his educational platform. He is also known as the creator of the online balloon design and calculator tools that is free for all to use at: www.balloons.com.au/tools.
Based in Sydney, The Balloon Crew is a successful retail business with 12 staff, Chris and his team specialise in the Australian corporate market and has long lasting relationships with some of Sydney's largest event coordinators and stylists. Chris prides himself as being the trusted, reliable and creative choice for balloon gift and décor, pushing the limits with balloon design.
Main skills include: Organic balloon design - Large Sculpture design and construction - Framing & rigging – Balloon Décor design - Google SEO – Staff Management - Business Systems - Efficiency & Management - Balloon Drops
Federico Onida Top
Federico Onida
Ha avuto una lunga esperienza nel mondo dell’animazione e dello spettacolo, con utilizzo di trampoli e giocoleria. Dal 1999, dopo aver incontrato la Balloon Express, ha frequentato regolarmente corsi di "Balloon Art" a Firenze (BACI); l'IBAC 2002 a Chicago (USA) e tutte le edizioni del WBC (World Balloon Convention).
Il 2003 segna l'inizio dell'insegnamento in Italia e dal 2008 Federico diventa insegnante internazionale, richiesto in numerosi paesi così in Europa come in Asia (Giappone e Malesia) e in America (USA, Brasile, Messico, Chile). Le più recenti partecipazione sono state al Qualatex Event 2019 dell’Arabia Saudita e GloboCon 2019 (LA, Ca, Usa).
Una delle esperienze più significative è stata l'opportunità di essere chiamato come designer del Costume Party (Beach Party) al WBC18 di San Diego, in California.
La sua specialità è il twist-deco e ama creare sculture, specialmente di grandi dimensioni, e disegni ricchi di dettagli. Negli ultimi anni ha sviluppato alcune tecniche con palloncini Quick Links (pareti e colonne, dipinti e cornice - Quick Link Matrix); fiori giganti con palloncini no-round; una tecnica chiamata D-stortion (una speciale tecnica di torsione); e la più recente molto versatile Ghirlanda piatta (Flat Garland).
Tra una vasta gamma di premi nazionali e internazionali, ricordiamo: 1 ° posto per il concorso Grandi Sculture al WBC 2020, con la scultura San Giorgio e il Drago; “New Artist of the Year” e “Master Designer”, oltre al 1 ° posto al Concorso Delivery Bouquet nel WBC 2014 a Denver, in Colorado, con Topolino bianco e nero; 2 ° posto per il concorso "Centrotavola" e 3 ° posto per il concorso "Delivery" al B.A.C.I. 2017.
Ha aperto il suo "Balloon Express Shop" nel 2000 a Cagliari.
Dal 2015, organizza un evento chiamato "Sognare è già Creare": grandi sculture in un grande centro commerciale, realizzate da tanti artisti italiani e internazionali.
Il tutto correlato da animazione e spettacoli, lavori interattivi e corsi di Balloon Art.
Federico had a long experience in the world of animation and entertainment, with the use of stilts and juggling. Since 1999, after a meeting with Balloon Express, he regularly attend Balloon Art courses in Florence (BACI); the IBAC 2002 in Chicago (USA) and all the WBC (World Balloon Convention) editions.
2003 marks the beginning of teaching in Italy and since 2008 Federico became an international teacher, requested in many countries in Europe as well as in Asia (Japan and Malaysia) and in America (USA, Brazil, Mexico, Chile). The most recent participation was at the Qualatex Event 2019 of Saudi Arabia and GloboCon 2019 (LA, Ca, USA). One of the most significant experience for him was working as designer of the Costume Party (Beach Party) at the WBC18 in San Diego, California.
His specialty is the deco-twisting, he really loves to create sculptures, especially large ones and designs rich in details. In this last years he has developed some techniques with Quick Links balloons (walls and columns, paintings and frame - Quick Link Matrix); giant flowers with no-round balloons; a technique called D-stortion (a special torsion technique); and the most recent and very versatile Flat Garland.
Among a wide range of national and international awards, he won: 1st place for the Large Sculpture competition at WBC 2010, with the sculpture San Giorgio and the Dragon; "New Artist of the Year" and "Master Designer", in addition to 1st place in the Delivery Bouquet Competition in the 2014 WBC in Denver, Colorado, with black and white Mickey Mouse; 2nd place for the "Centerpiece" competition and 3rd place for the "Delivery" competition at B.A.C.I. 2017.
He opened his "Balloon Express Shop" in 2000 in Cagliari. Since 2015 he organizes an event called “Sognare è già Creare” ("Dreaming is Creating"): large sculptures were build in a shopping center, created by many Italian and international artists.
Federico had a long experience in the world of animation and entertainment, with the use of stilts and juggling. Since 1999, after a meeting with Balloon Express, he regularly attend Balloon Art courses in Florence (BACI); the IBAC 2002 in Chicago (USA) and all the WBC (World Balloon Convention) editions.
2003 marks the beginning of teaching in Italy and since 2008 Federico became an international teacher, requested in many countries in Europe as well as in Asia (Japan and Malaysia) and in America (USA, Brazil, Mexico, Chile). The most recent participation was at the Qualatex Event 2019 of Saudi Arabia and GloboCon 2019 (LA, Ca, USA). One of the most significant experience for him was working as designer of the Costume Party (Beach Party) at the WBC18 in San Diego, California.
His specialty is the deco-twisting, he really loves to create sculptures, especially large ones and designs rich in details. In this last years he has developed some techniques with Quick Links balloons (walls and columns, paintings and frame - Quick Link Matrix); giant flowers with no-round balloons; a technique called D-stortion (a special torsion technique); and the most recent and very versatile Flat Garland.
Among a wide range of national and international awards, he won: 1st place for the Large Sculpture competition at WBC 2010, with the sculpture San Giorgio and the Dragon; "New Artist of the Year" and "Master Designer", in addition to 1st place in the Delivery Bouquet Competition in the 2014 WBC in Denver, Colorado, with black and white Mickey Mouse; 2nd place for the "Centerpiece" competition and 3rd place for the "Delivery" competition at B.A.C.I. 2017.
He opened his "Balloon Express Shop" in 2000 in Cagliari. Since 2015 he organizes an event called “Sognare è già Creare” ("Dreaming is Creating"): large sculptures were build in a shopping center, created by many Italian and international artists.
Sara Zampini Top
Sara Zampini
Sara Zampini è entrata a far parte del mondo della Balloon art nel 2009, il suo approccio con questo mondo è nato per caso, per una scommessa con un amico che le propose la sfida di partecipare al BACI, (Balloon Art Convention Italy). Tornata da questa esperienza unica non ha più lasciato questo mondo, continuando a studiare ed approfondire tecniche e conoscenze per poter crescere al meglio come Balloon Artist e migliorare la sua attività a Roma.
Dal 2011 inizia a partecipare attivamente a competizioni in squadra ed individuali del settore: 2012 vince il 3° Posto nella competizione "Colonna Originale" al BACI e nel 2013 prende il CBA, partecipa successivamente con la squadra Italiana al campionato mondiale di grandi sculture nel 2014 alla World Balloon Convention a Denver (USA) e poi nel 2016 a New Orleans, anno in cui oltre a vincere il 2° posto con la squadra ed il bronze achievement per la competizione Window Display, vince l'ambita borsa di studio di Pioneer, la Pioneer Visionary scholarship, selezionata tra Balloon artist di tutto il mondo.
Nel 2017 decide di partecipare con la propria squadra al campionato per le medie sculture. Appassionata e specializzata in allestimenti per eventi e cerimonie, ama l’eleganza, la tecnica, l’originalità e soprattutto la progettazione degli allestimenti e degli eventi stessi, oltre naturalmente al lato artistico della Balloon art.
Sara Zampini joined the world of Balloon art in 2009: she decided to try to work with balloon as a challenge. She participated at BACI and decided to continue this unique experience with balloons by herself.
Sara started to study and never stop to go through new techniques and creativity in her shop in Rome.
From 2011 she began to participate in team and individual competitions: she started to win Italian and international competitions in team or individual competition.
In 2016 at WBC Sara was selected to participate and won the Pioneer Visionary scholarship, an important award for young and rising balloon artists.
She work everyday decorating events, weddings and party with love and passion; she always loves to use elegant techniques and unusual details with balloons.
Sara Zampini joined the world of Balloon art in 2009: she decided to try to work with balloon as a challenge. She participated at BACI and decided to continue this unique experience with balloons by herself.
Sara started to study and never stop to go through new techniques and creativity in her shop in Rome.
From 2011 she began to participate in team and individual competitions: she started to win Italian and international competitions in team or individual competition.
In 2016 at WBC Sara was selected to participate and won the Pioneer Visionary scholarship, an important award for young and rising balloon artists.
She work everyday decorating events, weddings and party with love and passion; she always loves to use elegant techniques and unusual details with balloons.
Sue Bowler Top
Sue Bowler
Con oltre 25 anni di esperienza nel settore dei palloncini, le esperienze e le competenze di Sue nel mondo dei palloncini si sono sviluppate attraverso una serie di step: una propria attività indipendente, il suo studio per diventare CBA, la partecipazione a numerose competizioni internazionali.
Ora Sue si ritrova a fare ciò che ama veramente, ovvero condividere il suo studio e la sua passione per il palloncini con gli altri. Attualmente lavora come insegnante di balloon art e editor/social media manager per "The Very Best Balloon Blog"; per Qualatex e Pioneer Balloon Company.
Sue ha qualità molto diverse tra loro: realizza grandi lavori eleganti, decorazioni di nozze e consegne più semplici e quotidiane, così come piccole sculture di palloncini facilmente vendibili!
I premi ottenuti nella sua carriera sono moltissimi, tra cui ricordiamo il primo Golden Light Award, premio assegnato in onore di Linda Bruce al World Balloon Convention 2010.
With more than 25 years experience in the balloon industry, Sue’s ‘ballooning’ skills and knowledge has developed through a number of channels including running her own successful home based balloon decorating business, earning her Certified Balloon Artist designation, competing at industry events and subsequently going on to hold a number of other industry roles. Sue now finds herself doing what she truly loves best and that is sharing her knowledge and passion for balloons and balloon art with others.
Sue currently works as an industry educator and social media columnist writing articles for ‘The Very Best Balloon Blog’ representing the Qualatex brand and Pioneer Balloon Company.
Sue’s variety of skills is extensive, her work ranges from elegant wedding decor to everyday delivery designs including highly sellable small balloon sculptures! Sue holds a host of industry awards including the first Golden Light Award given in honour of Linda Bruce at the World Balloon Convention 2010.
With more than 25 years experience in the balloon industry, Sue’s ‘ballooning’ skills and knowledge has developed through a number of channels including running her own successful home based balloon decorating business, earning her Certified Balloon Artist designation, competing at industry events and subsequently going on to hold a number of other industry roles. Sue now finds herself doing what she truly loves best and that is sharing her knowledge and passion for balloons and balloon art with others.
Sue currently works as an industry educator and social media columnist writing articles for ‘The Very Best Balloon Blog’ representing the Qualatex brand and Pioneer Balloon Company.
Sue’s variety of skills is extensive, her work ranges from elegant wedding decor to everyday delivery designs including highly sellable small balloon sculptures! Sue holds a host of industry awards including the first Golden Light Award given in honour of Linda Bruce at the World Balloon Convention 2010.
Vadim Shushkanov Top
Vadim Shushkanov
Vadim si è innamorato dei palloncini in un momento non molto fortunato: durante un periodo di malattia trascorreva il suo tempo libero creando figure “particolari” da regalare ai suoi cari, usando i palloncini.
Da quel momento la sua vita non è stata più la stessa. Ha iniziato a partecipare a corsi e competizioni, ottenendo le prime vittorie e affermazioni internazionali (WBC, BACI, Moscow Balloon Convention) e i primi ruoli da insegnante. Vadim, grazie ai palloncini, ha tirato fuori un’ispirazione e creatività che non pensava di avere e cerca di lavorare su questo ogni giorno, di trovare nuove forme, design unici, migliori tecniche e anche vie più semplici per velocizzare lavori, sculture, attività quotidiane.
Insegnare e creare sono per lui i migliori input per mettersi alla prova e non smettere mai di stupire.
The moment I forever fell in love with balloons wasn’t a fun moment of my life. I was ill for around a month and I was spending my newly gained free time by creating twisted balloon figures as a gift for people around me.
Soon I returned to normal life, but my passion for balloons had been sparked. Through competing and winning in sculpture competitions at events like WBC, BACI, Moscow balloon convention to teaching around the world, balloons inspired me to ideas I’ve never imagined. In my business, in my classes, in my sculptures, I keep trying to find new shapes and unique designs, best techniques and the easiest ways of working. And nothing more but positive feedback from people is my greatest driver that inspires to create more.
The moment I forever fell in love with balloons wasn’t a fun moment of my life. I was ill for around a month and I was spending my newly gained free time by creating twisted balloon figures as a gift for people around me.
Soon I returned to normal life, but my passion for balloons had been sparked. Through competing and winning in sculpture competitions at events like WBC, BACI, Moscow balloon convention to teaching around the world, balloons inspired me to ideas I’ve never imagined. In my business, in my classes, in my sculptures, I keep trying to find new shapes and unique designs, best techniques and the easiest ways of working. And nothing more but positive feedback from people is my greatest driver that inspires to create more.

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